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Keys and Breeze presents “Back to School”

Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

As students everywhere return to classes in September 2016, Keys and Breeze (Alice Lenaghan, flute, and Jana Olvera, piano) will also return to the Woodland Opera House for another creatively themed performance full of exciting repertoire and fascinating commentary. On Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m., Keys and Breeze will present a program titled “Back to School” featuring music for flute and piano, solo flute, and solo piano that celebrates learning and the new academic year as well as the change in the air as autumn approaches. Whether you’re a young concert enthusiast or simply a lifelong learner, you’ll experience an evening full of entertainment, education, and, as always, a few musical surprises!

Since 2005, the classical flute and piano duo Keys and Breeze has joyfully collaborated on a series of local concerts with a fresh, dynamic approach to live performance. The duo enjoys performing both standard and “off-the-beaten-path” repertoire, and strives to make classical concerts more audience-friendly by combining engaging (and often humorous!) verbal commentary with intriguing musical selections. In their distinctively themed performances, the performers move seamlessly from solo to ensemble repertoire, sharing information on composers and styles along with candid observations from the performers’ perspectives.

An active orchestral musician, Alice Lenaghan is principal flute of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and has performed principal flute with the Detroit, Toledo, Flint and Napa Symphonies, and Sacramento and Michigan Operas. She also frequently presents solo recitals and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras, including the Folsom Lake Symphony and center stage at the California State Fair.

Lenaghan has served on the faculties of California State University-Chico, Albion College, Concordia and Oakland (MI) Universities and for many years directed the flute ensembles with the Sacramento Youth Symphony. She holds a doctorate in flute performance from the University of Michigan in addition to performance degrees from Western Michigan University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Pianist Jana LaHood Olvera is active as a teacher and as a solo and collaborative artist. She earned degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Bradley University and the University of Illinois and also studied piano at the graduate level at Indiana University. Olvera earned her doctorate of musical arts degree in piano performance from the University of Iowa, and was also an assistant professor of piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

In addition to local collaborative piano performances, Olvera has also presented several solo programs at the Woodland Opera House, including “Animalia,” a family-oriented solo piano recital, and “Simply Romantic,” featuring favorite 19th century repertoire. Olvera teaches intermediate and advanced level piano in Woodland and also is staff pianist at University Covenant Church in Davis.

Tickets for the performance are $15 in advance for adults, $20 at the door. For students under 17, tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door.  Click here to purchase your reserved seats


Saturday, April 1st at 7:30
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